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Old 10-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
RebDovid
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Default Compatibility of 2013 Impreza & T-Mo/AT&T Samsung GS3

Yesterday, I took my 2013 Impreza to the dealer for its 7,500 mile service. Because some people have told me that my voice sounds distorted or is difficult to understand when I use the Bluetooth hands-free system, I asked the service representative to look into the matter. (One friend suggested there might be a problem with the care microphone.)

After checking on his computer, the service rep told me that, while the Verizon and Sprint versions of the S3 are listed as being compatible, the AT&T and T-Mobile versions are not. We have the T-Mobile version.

At the xda website, someone related his experience with a 2013 Equinox: "I called GM and they actually had a speciality division that supports technology integration. They worked with me on the Bluetooth as well as other issues I had. Long story short, the automakers use cheap 1.0 Protocol compliant adaptors to save money. The S3 on the other hand uses v2.1 for simultanious transmission of phone voice comm and any music playback. The cheap adaptor in the car can do only one at a time. So in your paring, turn off the media playback option and keep the phone part alone. That will most likely fix your issue."

Does this make sense? FWIW, there's no similar problem with our 2010 Outback. But with the Outback, bluetooth works only for telephone calls, not media playback.

Any constructive advice on how to proceed will be appreciated.

TIA
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #2
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My s3 works just fine with my 2013STI bluetooth. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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My s3 works just fine with my 2013STI bluetooth. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me.
Are you on T-Mobile or AT&T?
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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Some people have a hard time hearing me when I'm using hands free. I have an unlocked Google Nexus 4. From what I've read, it's just there's not much noise reducing material near where the microphone is mounted. It's mostly just the outside noise near the microphone causing problems. Try calling someone with hands free while you're not moving and sitting somewhere quiet and compare it to when you're driving.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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Are you on T-Mobile or AT&T?
Yup. AT&T

The hardware is the same for all Galaxy S3's unless you have an international version. So the carrier has absolutely nothing to do with the Bluetooth function.

But I will say the factory hands free for subaru leaves room for huge improvements when you go with an aftermarket head unit.
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